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High Winds and Surf In SoCal Pose Danger

A satellite view of the Southern California coast on Jan. 30. (NWS)
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Brace yourself for high winds and high surf.

A high wind warning is in effect for much of Southern California, with gusts kicking up to 70 miles per hour.

  • In Los Angeles County, the Santa Monica mountains, and the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys can expect gusts from 45 to 60 miles per hour.
  • In the Inland Empire, dangerous winds are forecast through midday Friday.

Mark Moede, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says if you don’t need to drive in some of the strongest wind areas — then stay put. He said anyone planning to drive the Cajon Pass should think twice:

"For anyone really, but high-profile vehicles especially... there's always concerns of high-profile vehicles being blown over by the strong gusty winds."

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Winds are expected to peak tonight and slowly weaken Thursday. Officials warn the winds will be strong enough to cause possible power outages and can topple over outdoor furniture.

In addition, the NWS is warning of dangerous conditions along the Central Coast through early Friday morning, with high surf and swells. The biggest swells are expected on beaches facing west and northwest -- as high as 13 feet in some places.